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Rare Books Recommends Two Types for U

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“When it comes to typefaces I do not need variety. As a child all cars were Volkswagens and everybody smoked Gauloise. I didn’t object to that either.” – Lars Müller

Rare Books provided images to two newly released books on type.

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Die Schrift Unserer Zeit: Eine historische Betrachtung von Typografie…
Jens Schnitzler
Hamburg: Jens Schnitzler, 2019
Z124 S35 2019

Jens Schnitzler is a freelance communications and media designer in Hamburg. Herr Schnitzler used our image of our leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, which he found in our blog, Open Book. We admit to being especially thrilled to contribute an image of the first book printed (in Germany) to a German publication.

reproduction of Gutenberg leafspread with quote on left, type example on right“The finest posters are records of the daily life and interests of the age. From these documents the future historian may derive the fullest information concerning our vocations, our amusements, and our morals.” — Joseph Thatcher Clarke

spread with full-page type example on left, quote on right“Design is a matter of analysis and rational order, not of art.” — Wim Crouwel

spread of typeface and quoteCranbrook Academy of Arts is the most dangerous school in the world.” — Massimo Vignelli


front board (cover) of Designer's Dictionary of Type

The Designer’s Dictionary of Type
Sean Adams
New York: Abrams, 2019
Z246 A33 2029
General Collection, Level 1

Sean Adams is acting chair of the graphic design program at ArtCenter College of Design, California. Mr. Adams used our image from our copy of Reales Ordenanzas Para La Direccion, Regimen y Gobierno del Importante Cuerpo de la Mineria de Nueva-Espana, y de su Real Tribunal General (1783), which he found in our digital exhibition, ¡Viva México!. In an email, Mr. Adams wrote that this page is “a remarkably beautiful example of the typeface Caslon.”

page depicting Caslon

1 Comment
  • Brandon
    Posted at 19:08h, 19 February Reply

    This article’s title is misleading. Is it to showcase two “types (fonts)” or two books on typefaces or that our Rare Books department contributed to two new publications? A few sentences explaining this before the images would help.

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